Thursday, October 3, 2013
Signature Moves: Signing The Best Of The Ring
Magazines, programs, and photos are almost a given. You can't go wrong with a classic promotional shot or glorious magazine cover from the days when the publications were a prime source of wrestling action and info for fans. Programs from major events or even pay-per-views can become "projects" of sorts enabling the collector to add as many signatures of individuals involved in the event as possible. The darker solid covers of many of these programs add to the effect.
While many collectors want to have the LJN WWF figures from their childhood signed, they simply don't offer the same benefits that the Classic Superstars do. The colorful cardbacks can make it hard for the wrestler to find a solid place on which to sign. The large "bubbles" holding the figures onto the card can also make it difficult for the wrestler to sign at a decent angle. A nice alternative can be the Hasbro WWF line, which feature a large portrait photo of the star. A recent craze of these figures has driven market prices sky high, making them a little less than ideal to purchase at this time.
One trend that I've found myself partaking in over the past few years are 4x6 photos. Whether purchased or printed yourself, 4x6s are easier to handle and store than 8x10s. Lower quality photos easily found on the Internet can be whipped into easy and attractive custom creations that are often appreciated by the wrestler featured while signing due to the extra effort of the collector. 4x6 reprints of expensive 8x10 official promo photos are also an affordable alternative to scouring the Internet for originals.